French police DEMOLISH protest camp, after 450 migrants pitch their tents in center of Paris (VIDEOS) - 4時間前  RT

Police in Paris have cleared out a temporary migrant camp set up in the middle of the French capital, clashing with pro-migrant protesters. The demonstrators say the migrants set up the camp to demand accommodation. Rows of identical tents sprung up on the Place de la République in central Paris on Monday. The camp was organized by Utopia56, a migrant advocacy group, who say that the 450 or so migrants in the encampment were left homeless when police cleared 2,000 migrants from a shanty town in the suburb of Saint-Denis last week. 🔴Installation e...more
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Turkey summons EU, German & Italian envoys over attempt to search Libya-bound ship for weapons - 6時間前  RT

Ankara has summoned diplomatic envoys from the EU, Germany and Italy in protest over an attempt to search a Turkish cargo ship heading to Libya on the suspicion it was transporting embargoed weapons. A note has been presented to the ambassadors, saying that the search violated international law, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday. German servicemen from the Hamburg frigate, which has been patrolling the Mediterranean as part of EU’s Irini operation to uphold an arms embargo on Libya, boarded a Turkish freighter overnight about 200km (125 miles) nor...more
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India, Pakistan & Bangladesh should be MERGED, Indian minister suggests - 7時間前  RT

Former British colonies India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, which have been entangled in decades of bitter rivalry, should actually be “merged” into a single state, a regional Indian minister has suggested. The surprise suggestion was floated by Maharashtra state Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik, the Mumbai president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), on Sunday. The politician was asked to provide a comment on an earlier remark by Devendra Fadnavis, leader of a local chapter of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who said Pakistan’s city of Karach...more
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‘We’re not leaving’: Trump security advisor says Washington committed to deterring Beijing amid S. China Sea dispute - 8時間前  RT

President Donald Trump’s national security advisor Robert O’Brien has reiterated the US’ commitment to back the Philippines and Vietnam over Beijing’s territorial claims in the potentially energy-rich South China Sea. The two states have been engaged in a long-running row with Beijing over sovereignty in the contested South China Sea, of which China claims 90 percent. O’Brien said the way to deter China is the “peace-through-strength message” and reinforced Washington’s military commitment to the region. Our message is we’re going to b...more
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Frenchman fined for citing 'smash a guy's face in' as reason to leave home during Covid-19 lockdown - 9時間前  RT

A man from the Brittany region of France has been detained and fined for violating Covid lockdown rules after claiming “smash a guy's face in” was his justification for leaving home. The police said it wasn't an essential reason. Police in the town of Lannion discovered someone hiding suspiciously behind a car early on Saturday. When asked to explain his behavior, the man, who had reportedly been drinking, said that he was waiting for someone, so as to “smash his face in.” He was carrying a flick knife and a completed form that is required of anyone who ...more
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Europe ‘ready to take measures’ against any entity that blocks Libyan peace process - 10時間前  RT

France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom have warned that they are prepared to sanction any entity involved in Libyan politics, domestic or foreign, that attempts to obstruct the fragile peace process there. The four European nations made the statement as they welcomed the results of the first round of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), and called on “all Libyan and international parties to refrain from any parallel and uncoordinated initiative” and threatening sanctions against those who seek to undermine the process, attempt to plunder st...more
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Archaeologist ‘discovers childhood home of Jesus’ in Nazareth - 11時間前  RT

A prominent British archaeologist has put forward a compelling case arguing that a well-preserved ancient house in Nazareth was the childhood home of Jesus. The building dates back to the first century and the site is now home to the Sisters of Nazareth Convent. In modern times, it was first identified as the house where Jesus grew up with Joseph and Mary in the 19th century, but the theory was dismissed in the 1930s and has been rejected ever since. However, after 14 years of fieldwork and research on the site, Ken Dark, a professor of archaeology and history at Re...more
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Hong Kong sees ‘worsening’ situation as 73 coronavirus cases emerge, many linked to dance clubs - 12時間前  RT

Authorities in Hong Kong reported 73 new coronavirus cases on Monday, blaming “silent transmission” chains for a rise in asymptomatic infections. The epidemic situation in the densely populated Chinese city is rapidly worsening, officials said, after 73 new coronavirus cases were registered, the highest daily figure since August 16 when the city reported 74 cases. “Some of the confirmed cases are asymptomatic and this has indicated the existence of many silent transmission chains in the community,” the statement warned. About 50 new cases were linked to ...more
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Right place, right time: Research vessel captures meteorite’s final, fiery moments on live stream - 12時間前  RT

An Australian research vessel has captured the spectacular death knell of a presumed meteorite as it streaked across the Tasmanian sky, bursting into a bright green hue before disintegrating. The Australian research vessel Investigator was perfectly positioned to catch the final fiery moment at 10:21 UTC some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Australia's Tasmanian coast on Wednesday, November 18. Watch this stunning footage of a meteor breakup captured by @CSIRO's research vessel 'Investigator' off the southern coast of Tasmania.The vision ...more
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Jupiter and Saturn to appear as ‘double planet’ in night sky this Christmas - 14時間前  RT

Jupiter and Saturn will come closer to each other in the Earth's night sky than they have for almost a millennium between December 16 and 25 in an extremely rare astronomical extravaganza. The pair will be separated by one fifth the diameter of a full moon as viewed from the Earth, in an extraordinary astronomical proximity event which has not occurred for 800 years. The planets will appear as a singular point of brilliant light or a “double planet” to anyone lucky enough to have clear skies at the time of their yuletide rendezvous “Alignments betw...more
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Clashes in Poland as police remove pro-choice activists chained to Warsaw’s Ministry of Education - 4時間前  RT

Police in Warsaw clashed with demonstrators who chained themselves to the gates of the Ministry of National Education and staged a roadblock on a bridge on Monday in protest over Poland’s toughening of abortion rights. Huge protests have erupted in recent weeks over the ruling in October by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal that the abortion of fetuses with serious defects was unconstitutional. On Monday, police drafted in a tow truck to remove cars from the Polish capital’s Łazienkowski Bridge after they had been left there as part of a blockade organize...more
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Ethiopian forces surround Tigray region capital ahead of surrender deadline - 6時間前  RT

Federal forces in Ethiopia have surrounded the Tigray region’s capital, after the country’s government gave the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) a 72-hour deadline to surrender. If the TPLF does not surrender within that time frame, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has threatened to begin a military offensive on the capital, amassing tanks and armed forces in the nearby city of Mekelle. Military figures had earlier told local media that anyone who chooses to remain in the city after the deadline has expired, without peacefully surrendering, will be ...more
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Asteroid the size of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa heading towards Earth at 90,000kph - 8時間前  RT

As a battered and beleaguered planet approaches the finish line of 2020, the universe appears to be playing a dark joke on humanity by sending five asteroids in two days, with a 2,700ft space rock to follow just days later. The behemoth dubbed 2000 WO107, estimated to measure up to 0.51km in diameter, or roughly the height of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will be paying Earth a visit (cosmically speaking) at 10.09am GMT (5.09am ET) on Sunday, November 29. The visitor won’t be sticking around for long as, despite its enormous si...more
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Ankara prevents German forces on Libya arms embargo mission from checking Turkish ship - 9時間前  RT

Turkey prevented German soldiers on an EU military mission in the Mediterranean from conducting a full search of a Turkish cargo ship suspected of taking weapons to Libya, officials in Ankara and Berlin said on Monday. German servicemen from the frigate Hamburg boarded the Turkish freighter overnight, the Defense Ministry in Berlin said. They were later forced to abandon their checks and withdraw after Ankara protested to the EU mission. The frigate was part of the EU’s Irini mission aimed at stopping embargoed arms reaching Libya. “By the time the soldi...more
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Israeli minister claims PM secretly met with Saudi Crown Prince, Saudis deny report, Netanyahu refuses to comment - 9時間前  RT

Riyadh has denied claims that the Israeli PM became the first leader of the Jewish state to meet Saudi officials at the weekend through secret engagement with Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to comment. An Israeli minister said on Monday that Netanyahu had jetted into the new Saudi Red Sea city of Neom for talks with the Crown Prince and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who the Israeli PM hosted in Jerusalem last week as part of the US politician's tour of the Middle East. But later on Monday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farh...more
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Brussels warns France on press freedom as Macron's government pushes ahead with security law - 11時間前  RT

The European Commission has reminded the French government of its duty to ensure journalists can carry out their work "freely and safely," as parliament votes to crackdown on the publication of images of on-duty police officers. Christian Wigand, the EC spokesperson for Rule of Law, issued a warning to the French government after parliament voted to approve a law penalizing journalists for disseminating images of the police on Friday. The spokesman told AFP that the EU body is monitoring developments in France very closely. The Commission is refraining from comment...more
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Solomon Islands PM defends temporary Facebook ban, claims platform threatens ‘national unity’ - 11時間前  RT

The prime minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, has doubled-down on his government’s decision to block Facebook pending new legislation, arguing that the site undermines social cohesion. Sogavare told the nation's parliament on Monday that the temporary ban, which has yet to be implemented, aims to “unite” the South Pacific nation by clamping down on online abuse and harassment. Read more Payback time? Moscow considers law which could block US social media giants Facebook & Twitt...more
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Covid-19 lockdowns have little impact as greenhouse gas concentration continues to rise – UN agency - 12時間前  RT

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has warned that CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is likely to go up in 2020 despite a reduction in global emissions due to Covid-19. The WMO said in a bulletin released on Monday that the expected drop in global emissions in 2020 is just a “tiny blip” in the buildup of dangerous gases and is unlikely to cause a reduction in greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere. The agency estimates state enforced lockdowns and a large drop in economic activity because of Covid-19 will contribute to a small reductio...more
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More than 26,000 children killed or injured in Afghanistan since 2005, as ‘appalling cost’ of conflict revealed - 12時間前  RT

An average of five children have been killed or injured every day in Afghanistan since 2005, according to UN data released by Save the Children. The “appalling cost” of the conflict has resulted in the suffering of at least 26,025 children between 2005 and 2019, according to the organization. Ahead of its donor conference in Geneva this week, Save the Children declared Afghanistan one of the world’s most dangerous countries for children and called on nations to cease using explosive weapons in populated areas. Also on rt...more
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China vows a ‘necessary’ response to US admiral’s visit to Taiwan - 14時間前  RT

China’s foreign ministry announced on Monday that it will bring a “necessary” response to bear after a senior US Navy admiral made an unannounced visit to Taiwan over the weekend. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters that China “resolutely opposes” any diplomatic or military relations between American and Taiwanese officials, calling on the United States to fully recognize the sensitivity of the China-Taiwan issue. Zhao warned that, depending on how the situation developed, his government would “make a legitimate and nec...more
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